OMGosh!! First...Apachie! Yikes (hugely) on the footprints left in the snow at one time outside the window! I'm guessing--though again, I apologize as my memory lately sucks (like REALLY BADLY SUCKS!)--But I'm guessing that Mitch must be either a paramedic or a firefighter, as was my husband after leaving the military, as that is the only job I'm aware of that does 24's (as in, 24 on, 24 off, etc...). Those were the days...loved that life...was how hubby and I met, actually! But he left EMS after HE was deathly ill and had three surgeries, etc...and now, does back breaking labor welding and building barns, creating good arena footing, and putting up miles of no-climb fencing, etc... in the AZ heat for a few bucks over minimum wage. Sad...a war vet from a special forces Army unit, who served later as a lifesaving EMS provider, and being very quiet and stoic, the guy who is the Foreman on his crew and 15 years younger than he is tries to boss him around (Arghhhh!!)& has no CLUE just who it is that he is trying to be "bad assed" with...funny too, since DH is the first one the "Foreman" goes to with a machinery, math, or any other problem solving question...yet HE is "the Foreman", as he's been with the job six months longer than DH. Ah, well. Sometimes ya gotta suck it up and be thankful to have a paying job and pray that with hard work and dedication things will keep improving...
Mandy: THOSE PICS ARE PRECIOUS! That second one with your baby girl is purely adorable and perfect!!
That horse btw, is absolutely STUNNING, as well! Then, the pics of your sis showing, and then you jumping/showing! What a treat! I'd love to have had your life...I mean I'm very thankful for my adult life...buy truly, love ALL OF YOUR LIVES, GUYS! I cannot wait to be able to incorporate even just one horse into my life in the manner which any of you have... It's going to get there. I've just got to be ready...and find the right horse :0)
Affored: So wonderful your grandmother was able to make that long trip and be with y'all to celebrate her birthday...89 & I'm assuming essentially healthy. We should all be that blessed! Wonderful. :0)
Ok guys, so here is the "deal" with MY predator issues on the roof: We live totally in the city, but our house used to be the farthest EAST thing here...it was built in 1928, & it was a dude ranch initially. The family who built and then ran the dude ranch still has descendants living across the street! The builder in 1928 was a husband and wife and their four kids...the youngest daughter, who is now 70, is the person who now lives across the street! She owns a home which she had built and then moved into after they sold our house in 1970. Pretty cool...
Our house is in total 3,500 sq feet, though it's broken up into there large houses...kind if town house style, but we are the end two, so that's nice. The part we have is only 2300 sq feet, and sits on 1/4 acre now, (because the city bought all the surrounding land and developed it years ago)...Paige will know this as she used to live right near me...the Park Mall sits directly behind my house and was part of the fifteen acres this house used to sit on & my neighbors parents used to own!
The part of the house which we have is shaped like an "L". The long part runs along the street and the short part goes back into our yard. We have a rock wall which the exterior of the house is built of, ( it can be seen in that pic of Sade with his buddies on their motorcycles, oh wait, that is on another thread I think...I'll post one of them on this thread!)...that part of the house is actually the "shop" (it's inner view is partially in one of my pictures in my album? One where Jakob is holding the dog)...& the shop has a large back room that's like a studio apt in it where we spend our time if we are smoking or talking about things we don't want Jakob to hear!
DH smokes cigars, and I will smoke cigs sometimes and read online, etc...so that way Jake can play his music or video games in the house in the main room and chill and we don't have to hear it and we can open up the shop to our backyard and just sort of "be out of the house" technically at least!... :0)
Anyway! Our wall is 12 feet and so is the big gate to the yard where we have a car port and such, so it's not easily breached. Plus, we have a LOUD CHI/rat terrier mix who let's us know whether anyone is NEAR the house. Yet, in the front, the wall is really easy to climb due to the rocks...and we've had people climb onto the roof to get off the street and then sit up there and drink or smoke pot, or whatever! (g r r r r!!) & once (this is soooo gross!) Someone got onto our roof that way, took a POOP THERE, WIPED WITH A TUBE SOCK, AND LEFT IT ON THE GROUND IN OUR YARD! Puke...and being a nurse, nothing grosses me out...THIS DID.
Another time, someone THREW (we assume from the bed of a lifted pickup truck) a desperately thin, obviously stray, female PIT BULL DOG OVER OUR WALL. If Penelope had been in the yard at the time, she would have been killed by the dog as it was obviously terrified and hurt. We came home and opened the door to go out and Pennie was a shaking wreck REFUSING to go out. We FOUND the dog curled up under our bushes!! I had to call Animal Control because every time I got close to her with food or water, she majorly showed teeth at me. The guy totally thought she was OUR DOG that we were trying to dump on animal control as he kept looking at our wall and gates and the way the house is shaped and was like "there is NO WAY this animal came over that wall!" & I'm like,"do most dogs growl and try to attack their OWNERS?? Look!" & I showed him her behavior)...he assumed I BEAT HER OR SOMETHING AND SHE WAS AFRAID OF ME! Awful...
Anyway...we've lived here for nearly ten years. But we get this weird stuff happening to us every so often, and really, we truly have no (known) enemies, so it's either random, or, the last tenants attracted a "different" crowd where these kinds of situations were acceptable. Dunno. But those stories, plus the massive # of home invasions in Az lately and given the ONLY WAY ONTO THE PROPERTY is over the roof...if I hear feet on the roof and Pennie isn't "telling me", "Mom, it's a cat! Lemme go out and chase it out of the gate!" I get very suspicious...this am though, I found nada. I came back in to write more and to eat and after eating totally fell asleep on the couch! Haha.
So, as usual, y'all read a 3,000 word dissertation for nothing. I'm sorry. I'm really trying to get better!! (meek face).
Ooh! I bet that Demon's DAUGHTER IS HERE NOW!! YEAY!! I soooo pray that whole situation can be, or START TO BE, resolved soon. It is so awful. We know how crappy a "bad judge" can be, as after six years of custody hearings, we had a judge actually GRANT US FULL CUSTODY of one child and leave the other child in the dysfunctional home if DH's ex-wife. Unbelievable. He is 14 & we pray daily that he will just decide he's had ENOUGH of his mothers behavior and run to us. Until then though, our hands are literally tied. We are so thankful we ended up with one son. Disgusting that the courts saw fit to "split" them like that, and only granted us full custody of Jake because he is very slightly special needs and they KNEW DH's ex was doing a horrid job managing his issues. In three years, we've gotten him 99% turned around through diligent daily talking and morality/values which we uphold strictly, emphasis on school for the first time (the ex couldn't care less if the boys do well in school), martial arts, art classes and clubs after school...he was dx Bipolar three years ago. They have since discerned he is in NO WAY bipolar, simply has a touch of adhd, and his learning disability is no longer an issue in that he is in all regular classes, without needing an IEP ANYMORE, & getting all A's and B's simply with some homework guidance when he gets a bit turned around, from US...gee, imagine that! She doesn't believe kids should need or get parental homework help, that the school should do it all. Nuts.
K, guys. More later,(lucky you!) Hoping everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day...Byeee! B2H :0)
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